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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Pet attack advice


    If you have been bitten or injured by an animal or pet, then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for pet attack advice. Owners of pets have a duty of care to other people when their animal is in public. They must make sure that it does not have a history of aggression, and that it does not harm others.

    If you have been attacked by an animal, then you could make a no win, no fee* compensation claim for the costs and suffering it caused. Ring our 24-hour free helpline to find out more.

    Injuries due to pet attacks

    An injury caused by a pet can often be a painful and traumatic experience. The majority of pets are not dangerous, but there are times when they may attack — especially when scared or anxious. The most common animal attack claims we deal with are dog bites. Any dog can be dangerous, and it is not always dependent on the breed.

    They can pose a danger to toddlers, young children, and adults if they are not sufficiently supervised. Your chances of a successful personal injury claim will be higher if you make a claim against the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Owners should not own dogs bred for fighting or those that present a clear danger to the public.

    Pet attack injuries are wide ranging in both their nature and severity. You may have suffered serious wounds after being attacked by a dog. These injuries could have had a huge impact on your life, leaving you with scars and other disfigurements. You have every right to make a claim if the negligence of another person resulted in you sustaining injuries.

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    A successful claim can help you to recover from the traumatic experience by funding private counselling if required, as well as serving as a means of compensation for the impact it has made on your life.

    Other pets can be dangerous as well. For example, you may have been bitten by a snake, or have been scratched in the eye by a cat or other animal. We can make a claim on your behalf if the accident took place during the last three years, and you received medical treatment for the injuries you sustained. To find out if you can file a claim for your pet attack, ring us from a landline on 0800 689 0500.

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    You must be able to prove that the owner of the pet knew or should have known about the dangers that the animal posed to general public. It will help us if you have prior knowledge of similar incidents involving the pet, or that it has shown aggressive tendencies before. We recommend that you tell police about the accident straight away.

    There are currently four outlawed dog breeds in the United Kingdom. These are the Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, and Pit Bull Terrier. Even if you cannot identify the owner of a dangerous dog, you could still file a claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority if you were injured.

    Start your no win, no fee* claim today by calling Accident Advice Helpline at 0800 689 0500. If you prefer a call back from one of our advisers, text ‘claim365’ to 88010.

    Date Published: November 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Animal attack injury claims

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.